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The Relevancy of the Life & Times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Relevancy of the Life & Times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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10/29/2012

 
 Fuller Theological SeminaryThe Relevancy of the Life & Times of Dietrich BonhoefferA PaperPresented in Partial FulfillmentOf the Requirements for the CourseET 525: Christian Ethics of BonhoefferDr. Glen
Stassen
 ByJack HakimianSpring 2007
 
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Table ContentsIntroduction
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Manifest Destiny
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Foreign Policy
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International Perspective
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Theological Influence
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Conclusion
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Bibliography
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Introduction
The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the relevancy of the life and times of Dietrich Bonheoffer to the contemporary church as we engage the world with its varioushappenings and disciplines. As we analyzed the ethics of Dietrich Bonheoffer in our classdiscussions and readings, some key themes kept demonstrating to me the importance of exegeting his life for our contempary audiences today. I could not stop thinking howpeople need to learn about this man’s life and the historical context he found himself in. Ican see why Professor Stassen wrote in the syllabus,
“Dietrich Bonheoffer’s life was incomplete. He set an incisive course for us,but could not complete it. Our calling is to help complete that course, inprayer, in action, and in teaching others in the churches and outside who needthe real gospel.”
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Bonhoeffer’s life teaches us how we should look and deal with such critical issues as thewar in Iraq, the presence of racist religious movements like the Nation of Islam or ultra-patriotic evangelicalism, foreign policy, terrorism, activism, and so on.In this paper I will deal with some of those key themes drawn from his life, thehistorical context of his teachings and praxis that can help Christians avoid mistakes of the past, while being a transforming presence for the future. My goal is that we wouldlearn from Bonheoffer’s social context, and his interpretation of Christ nature, His Gospeland His ethics. I will draw my thoughts heavily from the Cambridge Companion toDietrich Bonheoffer edited by John W. de Gruchy. In each subsection I will expound on

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